04-28-2013, 08:29 AM
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Correct, they mature around 1 year of age. They, the fish, have no color or fin length preferences for breeding with each other.
BN plecos are easy to breed, you just need to provide a breeding cave, a male, add female(s), and you'll likely get lots of eggs. I breed mine in a 29 gallon tank and currently have 100+ BN fry in various tanks about the house. Males can be territorial, so if you have more than one male in a tank, make sure the tank is large enough and has multiple pieces of driftwood spread across the tank for hiding spots. BN plecos need driftwood for their digestive processes.
Regarding the breeding cave, I prefer the "blunt" end caves, not the ones that come to a point. I got mine from a pottery person on aquabid, but you can find them lots of places. Look around the forum here, there are lots of posts about breeding the BN that should be helpful.
As always, BEFORE breeding a ton of fish babies, make sure you have some type of plan to re-home them! Took me 6 months to re-home 35 angelfish fry last year!
Last edited by DKRST; 04-28-2013 at 08:32 AM..